We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Mutlti-Awards Winner Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Mutlti-Awards Winner Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

A Tale of Two Beaches: Tompire Bay, NE Trinidad; By John Weber, William Neal & Jeanette Arkle

A Tale of Two Beaches: Tompire Bay, NE Trinidad; By John Weber, William Neal & Jeanette Arkle

Trinidad, West Indies, has many beautiful beaches and among the most interesting are those of the Northern Trinidad coast.

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

To those of us who visit beaches only in summer, they seem as permanent a part of our natural heritage as the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. But shore dwellers know differently. Beaches are the most transitory of landscapes, and sand beaches the most vulnerable of all.

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

"The Last Beach" is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

Indian Summer, Channel islands; By Santa Aguila Foundation

Indian Summer, Channel islands; By Santa Aguila Foundation

Indian Summer, Channel islands, is an image from Santa Aguila Foundation.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: ©© Bastian

Seawalls Kill Beaches: Open Letters by Warner Chabot And Rob Young, Ph.D

Seawalls Kill Beaches: Open Letters by Warner Chabot And Rob Young, Ph.D

A report and open letter from coastal geologists Warner Chabot and Rob Young.

Just Washed In

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Link Between Oil Spill Exposure and Hematologic, Hepatic Toxicity

A new study reports that workers exposed to crude oil and dispersants used during the Gulf oil spill cleanup display significantly altered blood profiles, liver enzymes, and somatic symptoms compared to an unexposed control group.

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Scotland Gives Green Light to Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

News
Sep
16

The largest tidal energy project in Europe can get under way after permission was granted for the first stage in the Pentland Firth.

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New World Map for Overcoming Climate Change

Using data from the world’s ecosystems and predictions of how climate change will impact them, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and Stanford University have produced a roadmap that identifies the world’s most vulnerable and least vulnerable areas in the Age of Climate Change.

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Costa Concordia in Italy Freed From Rocks

News
Sep
16

Engineers were successful on Monday in shifting the hull of the Costa Concordia ocean liner from the Italian reef where it has lain stricken since January 2012, according to reports…

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The New State of Nature: Rising Sea-levels, Climate Justice, and Community-based Adaptation in Papua New Guinea

Rising sea-levels lay waste to more than coastlines. From the viewpoint of the state, they erode its claim to territorial sovereignty and call its concept of legal equity into question. From the viewpoints of low-lying, natural resource-dependent communities, the tides threaten autonomy, well-being, and, not least, property.

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The Promised Land

Celebrate
Sep
14

“Apart from Bali and parts of Java, much of Indonesia’s coastline is pretty difficult to access via road…” A Surfline story and photo gallery.

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Shoppers in England to be Charged For Plastic Bags

News, Pollution
Sep
14

Uk’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, to unveil new 5p cost of bags in supermarkets and large stores to cut use of environmentally damaging products.

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Molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor poses calamity for marine life

News, Pollution
Sep
14

As much as 1,400 tons of molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor, killing thousands of fish, and officials say there’s no way to clean it up.

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New Colour Purple Depicts Worsening Climate Risks in U.N. Draft Report

Some parts of nature and human society are more vulnerable than expected to climate change, according to a draft of a U.N. report that adds a new purple colour to a key diagram to show worsening risks beyond the red used so far.

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Unexpected Interaction Between Ocean Currents and Bacteria

For the first time, researchers have successfully demonstrated an interaction between ocean currents and bacteria: The unexpected interaction leads to the production of vast amounts of nitrogen gas in the Pacific Ocean.

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